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2013-14 Florida Freshwater Recreational Fishing Regulations
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FLORIDA FReshwAteR 2013
 
Valid from July 1, 2013to June 30, 2014
General StatewideFreshwater Fishing Regulations
pages 12–14
 
Flria Fis an WilliCnsrvatin Cmmissin
MyFWC.cm/Fising
  D o  n a  t e   t o  o  u  r   y o  u  t  h   p  r o  g   r a  m  s   w  h e  n   y o  u   b  u  y   y o  u  r   l  i  c e  n  s e .
 
  H e  l  p   u  s   C  r e a  t e   t  h e   N e  x  t   G e  n e  r a  t  i o  n   t  h a  t   C a  r e  s  !
  S   M
 
  M  y  F   W  C .  c o  m /   Y  O  U   T  H
 
Cmmissinrs’ Mssag ........................4Nw Ruls ...............................................4Intructin .............................................6
FWC contact information & regional map
Fising licns rquirmnts & s .........8
Resident shing licenses
 
Nonresident shing licenses
 Lifetime and 5-year licenses
Frswatr fsing tipsrm t prs ....................................10-11Frswatr licns xmptins ..............12Mts  taing rswatr fs ..........12Gam & nngam rswatr fs ...........12Pribit gar r taingmarin fs in rs watr .......................12Mts  taing bait ......................... 12Rlas an mvmnt  fs ...............13Us  fs r bait ............................... 13Taing mussls & clams .........................13Spcial rgulatins rtripli grass carp, alligatr gar,Atlantic, Gul an srtns sturgn ....13Statwi bag & lngt limits ................14
How to measure your catch
Spcial bag & lngt limits ....................14Fis intifcatin cart ...................16–17
Blac Bass Plan upat ............................18
From FWC
Blac bass fsing zns ........................20
Web Site: MyFWC.com
Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing for up-to-date information on shing,boating and how to help ensure safe,sustainable sheries for the future.
Stop the spread o non-native species
It is illegal to release any non-
native sh or any other non-nativeorganism into the waters of the state. To nd out more visit
MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats.
FREE Florida Wildliemagazine — online
Articles and tips for anglers, huntersand other outdoor enthusiasts.
Visit FloridaWildlifeMagazine.com
to subscribe to the new electronic
publication.
Instantlicense privileges
Obtain license privileges, 24 hoursa day, via License.MyFWC.com or by
calling toll-free 1-888-FISHFLORIDA
(1-888-347-4356). Processing fees willapply on sales via telephone
and Internet. A unique license
number allows you to begin shing immediately after the transaction.
Fish and wildlie alertreward program
Report shing, boating or hunting 
law violations by calling toll-free
1-888-404-FWCC (3922); oncell phones, dial *FWC or #FWCdepending on service carrier; report
violations online at MyFWC.com/Law
or text: Tip@MyFWC.com.
Gnral rgulatins r fsmanagmnt aras ...............................21Spcifc fs managmntara rgulatins ...............................21–28
Northwest Region
 
North Central Region
 
Northeast Region
 
Southwest Region
 
South Region
Crating t Nxt Gnratintat Cars .............................................24Fral Ai in Sprt FisRstratin (SFR) ..................................26Anglr Rcgnitin Prgrams .................29
TrophyCatch
 
Big Catch
State Records
Fis cnsumptin avisry .....................30
Florida safe eating guidelines
Frquntly answr qustins ..............32
On the cover
Louie Echols, with a nice largemouthbass, is a role model for Florida youththat want to lead healthy lifestyles
and get outdoors. He is an avid angler
and steward of the resource. Besidesbeing a Trophy Club member, he is anElite Angler, and a Bass Specialist.
Learn about FWC angler recognition
programs on page 29.
CoNTeNTS
Photo courtesy of GlenLau.com
2
2013–2014
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 
This high-quality regulation guide is offered to
you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries
Management through its unique partnership withJ.F. Griffin Publishing, LLC.J.F. Griffin is an award-winning publishing housethat specializes in producing state fish & wildlife
regulation books. J.F. Griffin supports the FWC staffin the design, layout and editing of the guides. It alsomanages the marketing and sales of advertising to
appropriate businesses within the book.
The revenue generated through ad sales significantly
lowers production costs and generates savings.These savings translate into additional funds forother important fisheries and habitat programs.
Promotional advertisement does not constitute
endorsement by FWC.
If you have any feedback or are interested in
advertising, please contact us at 413.884.1001
or online at www.JFGriffin.com
About this Guide
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in a new Digital Edition!
J.F. Grifn Publishing, LLC is proud to print theofcial Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulationssummary on post-consumer recycled paper.
FWC xpans rt t nsurFlria is t unisput‘Bass Fising Capital  t Wrl’
The seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) is appointed to
staggered terms by the governor and meets ve
times a year to hear staff reports, consider rule
proposals, and conduct other Commission business.
Under Florida’s Constitution, we enact rules and
regulations regarding the state’s sh and wildlife
resources and help staff achieve their mission of 
managing sh and wildlife resources for their long-
term well-being and the benet of people.
 According to the latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated
Recreation (2011), Florida continues to provide more hours of recreational freshwater sh
-ing enjoyment than any other state (25.7 million; Texas, the next highest, had 22.6 million).Overall (freshwater and saltwater), Florida ranked No. 1 with 3.1 million anglers (No. 2 New York had 1.9 million), and total expenditures of $5 billion (No. 2 New York spent $2.7 billion).
Florida’s role as the shing destination for travelers was also overwhelmingly reafrmed, with
1.2 million nonresident anglers visiting the state (No. 2 Michigan had 347,000). The ripple ef-
fect of these dollars was an $8.7 billion economic impact that supported 80,211 jobs in Florida.
During 2012–13, FWC staff in the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management have
moved forward aggressively to implement the Florida Black Bass Management Plan (BBMP),
which we approved following scientic review and citizen input. As you’ve seen, Florida already
is the “Fishing Capital of the World.” Now, we look forward to working with stakeholdersto document that Florida is also the undisputed “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” The
BBMP identied four main areas of focus: New Opportunities, Habitat Management, Fish
Management and People Management. Progress has been made in each area. You can learnmore details on the MyFWC.com/Fishing website (select Black Bass Management, or FishBusters’ Bulletins to learn more), and be sure to read the article on Page 18.
 You can learn more not only about mandatory freshwater shing regulations in this
publication but also about our management philosophies, funding for conservation (largely
through shing license sales and grants from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration
program), angler recognition programs and shing tips.
 A crucial new program that benets the resource, you the user and the economy is TrophyCatch.
This angler conservation/reward program rewards anglers for recycling bass heavier than8 pounds, after properly documenting their catch and release. Visit TrophyCatchFlorida.comand see Page 29 for more details on this and other angler recognition programs.
 
Cmmissinrs’Mssag
Freshwater Rule Changes
Effective July 1, 2013
TrophyCatch is the FWC’s new incentive-based program to documentcatch and release of large bass. A new rule allows participating anglers totemporarily possess one bass 13 pounds or greater, over legal length and
bag limits, while awaiting FWC staff certication. The sh must be keptalive until certied and then released in the water body where caught.
Baymeadows Fish Management Area, Duval County, is a newly establishedFish Management Area (25 acres). See Page 22 for detailed rules.
The recreational shing boundary for Lake Okeechobee was amendedto include two canals and one creek connected to Lake Okeechobee.
See Page 14 for detailed rules.
Edward Medard Park Reservoir Fish Management Area, HillsboroughCounty is a newly established Fish Management Area (770 acres).See Page 25 for detailed rules.
ORID A RSH AR 2013
 
Validf romJuly 1,2013toJune30,2014
GenealSaeid e eshae ishin g  e g ulaions
pa g es 12– 14
 
loidaishandildlif eConserv ationCommission
MyF C.com /F ishin
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Graphic Design:
Jon Gulley, Erin Murphy, Evelyn Haddad,Chris Sobolowski, Dane Fay
Bob Williams documented the first TrophyCatch Hall of Fame bass, with this13 lb., 14 oz. largemouth successfully caught and released on Rodman Reservoir.Photo by guide Sean Rush.
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2013–2014
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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